Would You Pay $100 For A Year Of Xbox Music?

Would You Pay $100 For A Year Of Xbox Music?

By Zach Walton September 27, 2012 | 5 Comments

The Zune failed, and Microsoft is ok with that. Besides, it’s not like Zune is really gone. Microsoft is just rebranding it as Xbox Music. It’s going to launch sometime later this year, but we’re still in the dark on …

Why Is iTunes Trying To Be Like Zune? Why Is iTunes Trying To Be Like Zune?

An interesting storyline has made it to Techmeme. Apple’s iTunes slogan is strikingly similar to the one Microsoft uses for Zune. This revelation appears to have started with Microsoft blog Zunited, which points out a number of elements where Apple …

Microsoft May Be Planning New Music Service Microsoft May Be Planning New Music Service

Microsoft has never had much luck in the digital music space. Their Zune service was relatively ignored and I don’t know a single person who uses last.fm on their Xbox 360. The company may be planning to change that. CNET …

Microsoft Points May Be No More Microsoft Points May Be No More


Do you hate Microsoft Points? … That’s what I thought. It’s a good thing then that they may soon be out. Inside Mobile Apps is reporting that a source close to Microsoft told them that the company may soon be …

Are Bing’s New “Artist Pages” for Music Search Ready for Prime Time?
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Microsoft has released new "artist pages" for Bing. When you search for a musician or band, it should bring up one of these pages directly on Bing, including things like an artist bio, genre information, a list of playable song samples, discography, videos, news, tour dates, web results, etc. 

Codename Keychest: Disney’s New Film View Technology

Disney has been diligently working on a new technology, code-named Keychest, that would give users the ability to watch a movie from any device imaginable.

Does Disney’s Keychest sound interesting to you? Tell us.

Zune Adds Key Compatibility Features

Microsoft announced that it will open its Zune video service to the Xbox LIVE this Fall. Microsoft also unvieled its newest portable media player, the Zune HD. Designed to compete with the popular iPod Touch, the Zune HD combines built-in an mp3 and video players, an HD radio receiver, HD video output, an OLED touch screen, Wi-Fi and an internet browser.More details:

Ballmer Hints At Giving Up On Zune At CES

Recent by comments by Microsoft executives have led to speculation that Microsoft may abandon the Zune.

Microsoft CEO Ballmer declared at CES that consumers increasingly were moving away from one task devices like the Zune towards smart phones while at the same time stating flatly that no Zune phone was in the works.

Microsoft’s Latest Global Problem

All of the Microsoft haters out there will love this one. When I got up this morning and went to my car to go to the office, I plugged my Zune in to get some tunes on for the drive, and to my dismay, I could not get a single thing to come up on the screen (much less out of the speakers) except the Zune logo. In fact, the device is currently sitting on my desk with the same problem.

Microsoft Introducing Ads To Zune Social
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Zune Social, Microsoft’s music-centric social network, is going to gain a dollop of advertising within the next few months.  Then, if all goes well by the corporation’s standards, users of Windows Mobile software, the Xbox 360, Xbox Live, and Microsoft Surface may also see some ads.

Microsoft Zune Scores More Content
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In an effort to compete with Apple, Microsoft said today that it is adding downloadable television shows from Comedy Central, MTV, NBC, and others to its online Zune store.

The new content also includes programs from Nickelodeon, Turner Broadcasting and VH1, Microsoft said. Titles include "South Park" which is already available for free online, "The Office", "Battlestar Galactica", "Heroes" and "Spongebob SquarePants."

Zune Software Download Now Available!
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Hey Everyone, The Zune Software is currently up on Zune.net.

» You can find the software HERE. System Requirements

Google Announces Trends for Google Checkout

As we come up to the last days of fee-free merchant services from Google Checkout, the Official Google Checkout Blog announced yesterday that they now have Google Checkout Trends. Patterned after Google Trends, GCT shows relative revenues from Google Checkout merchants.

Zune Traffic Roars, iTunes Yawns
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Microsoft’s Zune 80 proved a big hit among holiday shoppers, and that demand translated into a massive increase in the traffic Zune.net normally receives.

Over a Million Zunes Sold
There are no official figures yet, but it has been revealed in an interesting interview with Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division, that they have sold a little over a million Zunes, which is pretty cool considering it’s not even the end of June, which Microsoft had set as their original target for selling a million players.

Zune 2.0 To Hit The Streets In ’07

Microsoft plans to follow up the lackluster release of its first generation Zune portable media player with a new model by the end of the year.

The Zune 2.0 will come with standard and flash based drives, but will it manage to garner more market share than its predecessor?

Some labeled the Zune as a potential “iPod Killer” in the hype preceding the device’s launch last year.

Zune Marketplace Takes EMI’s Lead
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The iTunes Music Store may be the first to offer DRM-free songs from EMI artists, but the Zune Marketplace won’t be far behind. Microsoft has plans to make the premium tracks available for download from its online store in the near future, and believes this move can only help promote healthier competition between the Zune and the iPod.